Matapihi - Window to the heart

Matapihi - Window to the heart


About This Item: This is a simplified stylisation of the carving of a whales eye. The vital stylisation given to a whales eye reflects the overwhelming sense of peace felt by those fortunate enough to have an encounter with these giants. The name of the carving reminds us that just as we see out, others can see through our eyes into our inner being which should reflect the peacefulness of the inspiration of this design.

About Abstract Designs: Many of these designs are based on traditional kowhaiwhai painting where the white story lines balance the dark areas between. Here the cut out spirit shapes balance the physical bone or stone and / or, the smooth areas balance the textured. A special aspect of the cut outs is that when worn, the viewers see the person behind the carving who thus becomes a part of the carving’s spirit

Protocol: Traditionally these treasures are given personal names and you are invited to continue that tradition.

Material: Bone. All the bone for these carvings are from farmed animals and are not therefore restricted by CITES conventions for border restrictions if travelling. The cords are of adjustable length for convenience.

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